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US News'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker

11:00  12 july  2019
11:00  12 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Iran has also demanded the immediate release of its oil tanker captured off the coast of Gibraltar, warning the UK : " This is a dangerous game and has The Grace 1 tanker was seized last week after it was suspected of taking crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions. HMS Duncan, a Type 45

Iran has demanded the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: " This is a dangerous game and The UK government said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker © Sky News Screen Grab The Iranian oil tanker was suspected of carrying oil to Syria Iran has demanded the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences."

It comes as tensions mount in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a British tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian supertanker - the Grace 1 - was seized last week after it was suspected of taking crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.

Calling for its release, a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry told the state news agency IRNA: "This is a dangerous game and has consequences.

"The legal pretexts for the capture are not valid... the release of the tanker is in all countries' interest."

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Five armed Iranian boats attempt to storm British oil tanker in the Gulf hours after Tehran threatened UK ships - but are repelled by Royal Navy frigate who trained their guns on them Vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tried to seize a British Heritage tanker sailing through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday - US sources revealed.

' This is a dangerous game ': Iran demands UK releases oil tanker seized off Gibraltar coast. Iran wants the UK to release the oil tanker it seized last week and has urged London "not to get involved in this dangerous game under "We call on them to release this tanker as soon as possible,” said

Iran says Britain is playing " a dangerous game " as the country demands the immediate release of an oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar. A spokesman from Iran 's foreign ministry told the semi-official news IRNA: " This is a dangerous game and has consequences.

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'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker © Getty

The UK government said on Thursday that three Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz, which controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by HMS Montrose.

'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker © Sky News Screen Grab The UK says three Iranian boats tried to stop a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz

Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied claims of a confrontation, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have executed them immediately.

Sky News understands British ships have been warned to keep alert for Iranian patrol boats "being aggressive towards them".

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Iran has demanded the immediate release of the oil tanker seized by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar, warning Britain: “ This is a dangerous game and has consequences.”. It comes as tensions mount in the Gulf after a Royal Navy warship deterred Iranian patrol boats attempting to impede a

Iran on Friday, July 12, 2019 demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a “ dangerous game ” and threatening retribution. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will facilitate the release of a seized Iranian tanker if

Some 15 to 30 British-flagged tankers and other large ships are in the Persian Gulf on a daily basis. Between one and three pass through the Strait of Hormuz every 24 hours.

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'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker
'This is a dangerous game': Iran demands UK releases seized oil tanker

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he will add more warships to Britain's fleet if he wins the Tory leadership race and becomes prime minister.

He has vowed to increase defence spending from 2% of GDP to 2.5%, a cost of around £12bn more a year in 2023, and more jets for the navy's new aircraft carriers could be included.

"When you look at this week's events it shows that in recent decades we have run down the navy too much," he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

Police in Gibraltar have arrested the captain of the Grace 1 and the chief officer of the vessel.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has previously warned the UK of "consequences" after the seizing of its oil tanker.

Meanwhile, the US is pushing allies to increase their maritime security in the region, safeguarding strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

Relations between the US and Iran have fractured since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of a nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions.

Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis.
The Middle Eastern nation's foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday said that the US politician was 'turning his venom' on Britain in an attempt to start the 'War of the Century'. 'Make no mistake: Having failed to lure @realDonaldTrump into War of the Century, and fearing collapse of his #B_Team, @AmbJohnBolton is turning his venom against the UK in hopes of dragging it into a quagmire,' Zarif tweeted.

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